What real-time keynotes need (VentureBeat wins Apple keynote race bigtime)

You will read TONS of stuff about Apple’s keynote. I’m watching it right now on several screens.

Why? Because in real time everyone is putting up slightly different stuff.

Venture Beat has a friendfeed room where you can watch in real time like a chat room, or you can view it standard threaded style.

That is very cool. Especially when compared to TechCrunch’s live coverage, which makes you refresh the page manually. So 1994. What, is Arrington trying to increase his page views artificially?

Compare that to Gdgt, which is where the two top guys from Engadget, Peter Rojas and Ryan Block are posting their coverage. They are posting pictures and flowing text in live. Really great stuff, especially when you put them in a window next to the VentureBeat live stream.

The standard place my son goes is MacRumorsLive. They are doing an excellent job too, but gdgt’s photos and VentureBeat’s interactivity are making them look old and tired.

ArsTechnica is posting photos and text live, but they make you refresh your page manually, just like TechCrunch does.

Finally, Engadget is doing their usual excellent job, but their page needs to be refreshed manually too.

What this does point out, though, is that there’s a real-time web, but that they aren’t integrated. Imagine if there was one place you could watch EVERYONE post in real time. Not possible yet, but I bet that by next year friendfeed will get everyone to build live rooms there. VentureBeat is winning this game by a HUGE margin!

Why is VentureBeat winning?

1. Their room refreshes live without having to refresh your browser page.
2. Their room has interactivity so people watching at home can ask questions.
3. Their room has text, photos, and potentially video from Qik cams and such.
4. Their room’s items and threads are all permalinkable. I could link you to something very specific there. For instance, here’s where they posted a photo of iPhoto Books. I can’t do that to the other live rooms.
5. Their feed can be reused and reshared in other places on friendfeed and on Twitter.
6. Ostensibly they could even mix in other feeds from their competitors through RSS searches. I have a CES room where I’m doing that, for instance.

This isn’t even a close race. If you want the best live experience there’s only one place to go right now. VentureBeat FTW!

Well, until I found Chris Pirillo’s Ustream where he’s posting the audio live. But I posted that to the VentureBeat room too. :-)

UPDATE: It got worse for gdgt.com and macrumors live. MacRumors’ site was hacked during the keynote and gdgt.com was unavailable during part of it.

UPDATE2: other people are using friendfeed to report from the keynote, but I can only pay attention to so much! I’ll put the best of those on my “liked” page. :-)

UPDATE3: I missed a few. Gizmodo has a nice live feed. AppleGazette is using CoveritLive. So is GeekBrief.tv.

Whew, that’s a lot of live feeds to watch! I think the smart ones are just going to wait to get the TechMeme
blog storm later. :-)

UPDATE4: Pirillo’s audio stream went down with about 20 minutes to go. Luckily MacTips Podcast had a live audio stream going too.

39 thoughts on “What real-time keynotes need (VentureBeat wins Apple keynote race bigtime)

  1. Thanks Robert — an awesome job by those who helped me (Dean and Maya) and by the FriendFeed guys who kept things up and responsive the whole time.

  2. Thanks Robert — an awesome job by those who helped me (Dean and Maya) and by the FriendFeed guys who kept things up and responsive the whole time.

  3. Why should I care about realtime coverage if I can make a nice dinner in the time of the keynote and read afterwards a nice, concessive article?

  4. Why should I care about realtime coverage if I can make a nice dinner in the time of the keynote and read afterwards a nice, concessive article?

  5. that is exactly what i was noting Mr. Scoble.

    I was listening to Pirillo’s feed but his mates around him were chattering…i now know exactly what their buying and why. There should have been an easier way for it it’s easy for techies, multiple screens but I don’t have time to deal with that….thanks so much for the post.
    Best,
    Enriqueta

  6. that is exactly what i was noting Mr. Scoble.

    I was listening to Pirillo’s feed but his mates around him were chattering…i now know exactly what their buying and why. There should have been an easier way for it it’s easy for techies, multiple screens but I don’t have time to deal with that….thanks so much for the post.
    Best,
    Enriqueta

  7. Wow. VentureBeat feed actually sucks. I like their AJAX tech, but the content seriously blows. I mean, you HAVE to keep another window open with the Engadget feed to make sense of anything being said in the Venturebeat feed, because it’s all contextual and reactionary.

  8. Wow. VentureBeat feed actually sucks. I like their AJAX tech, but the content seriously blows. I mean, you HAVE to keep another window open with the Engadget feed to make sense of anything being said in the Venturebeat feed, because it’s all contextual and reactionary.

  9. Looks like MacRumorsLive.com went offline after the live stream was hacked in the middle of the iPhoto presentation.
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    magicnewswire.com

  10. Looks like MacRumorsLive.com went offline after the live stream was hacked in the middle of the iPhoto presentation.
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    magicnewswire.com

  11. Of course all of this would be moot if Apple/someone just streamed the keynote and cut out the middlemen…

  12. Of course all of this would be moot if Apple/someone just streamed the keynote and cut out the middlemen…

  13. We’ve tried to use services “you can watch in real time like a chat room” and all of them have failed except recently. I thought this would be a nice change for people. Damned if you do/don’t.

  14. We’ve tried to use services “you can watch in real time like a chat room” and all of them have failed except recently. I thought this would be a nice change for people. Damned if you do/don’t.

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